How to Make Thai Green Curry with Chicken

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings

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Looking for a quick and easy meal to have at your fingertips? Thanks to Yai’s Thai, you don’t have to look far! With the best in flavorful, authentic Thai curries and made with the healthiest ingredients, they make it the easiest to pull together an entire, whole foods meal, like this Green Thai Coconut Curry, with as little as 5 ingredients.⁠

Bowl of green Thai coconut curry with chicken, eggplant, and snow peas.

Easy Thai Green Curry Recipe

All you need to make this most delicious, and ultra easy, Green Thai Coconut Curry meal is 3 simple ingredients and a sauce – chicken, snow peas (bell pepper and mushroom would also work great!), eggplant, and the super flavorful Green Thai Coconut Curry from Yai’s Thai. Everything cooks up in one pot, making clean-up a breeze (easy dinner AND clean-up, yes, please!). It’s perfect served over white rice (check out our best tips here for cooking perfect rice every time) or noodles and finished with some fresh basil leaves and a squeeze of lime. And just like that, dinner is done!⁠ 

Why We Love Yai’s Thai Green Coconut Curry

Jar of Yai's Thai green Thai coconut curry on a white surface with black marbling. It is in between two white bowls of curry with chicken, snow peas, and eggplant over a bed of rice.

We are long-time fans of Yai’s Thai and their incredible line of pre-made sauces and curries that are made with better-for-you ingredients without compromising any of the flavor. Founders Leland (who pulls his influence in the kitchen from his half-Thai heritage and mother) and Sarah set out on a mission to create super clean products that would not only stay true to the authentic flavors of Thai cuisine, but would also make life easier for the home cook in getting a whole foods meal on the table. This is why we find ourselves reaching for Yai’s Thai over and over again to help solve the dinnertime hustle. 

Yai’s Thai Green Coconut Curry is one of the milder curries and a truly perfect choice for the entire family to love. It gets its really mellow flavors from green peppers, Thai basil, and coconut milk that are perfectly blended with Thai herbs like Makrut lime leaves, galangal (similar to ginger, but with a little more citrus), and coriander. We love that this sauce is pre-made with love (so it feels homemade!) and helps get dinner on the table fast! 

Ingredients for Green Thai Curry

3 simple ingredients plus a sauce (in addition to a few kitchen staples like salt, pepper, and olive oil) are all you need to pull together this super flavorful and exceptionally delicious dish! 

Ingredients for green Thai coconut curry with chicken on a grey and white marble surface.
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 small eggplant, cubed (about 2 cups raw)
  • 6 ounces of snow peas
  • 1 jar Yai’s Thai Green Coconut Curry
  • Rice, for serving (optional)
  • Basil or Thai basil leaves, for garnish (optional)
  • Squeeze of lime juice, for garnish (optional)

Ingredient Variations and Modifications

The beauty of this recipe is its versatility. You can truly make it to fit your preference! It’s also the perfect meal to make when you’re trying to use up any produce that’s left in your fridge. The green Thai curry truly pairs well with just about everything. Here are some ideas:

  • Sub the protein – we opted for boneless, skinless chicken thighs for the tender nature of the meat and the flavor, but chicken breasts or tenders would also work well. If you want to use something other than chicken, beef sirloin cubes, shrimp, or a white fish (like cod, tilapia, or halibut) would also work well. Use tofu if you are looking for a vegetarian/vegan option.
  • Use a different veggie –  red bell pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, or mushrooms would make for great veggie subs.

How to Make Thai Green Curry

This dish was designed with minimal prep in mind and is perfect for the busy weeknight meal. Here’s how you’ll make it:

Chicken browning in a large white enameled dutch oven.
Hand pouring snow peas out of a white bowl into a white enameled dutch oven.
Hand dropping diced chicken into a white enameled dutch oven with sautéed vegetables.
Hand cubing eggplant on an epicurean cutting board.
Eggplant and snow peas in a white enameled dutch oven.
Hand pouring green curry sauce over the cooked foods in a white enameled dutch oven.
Hand pushing cubed eggplant into a white enameled dutch oven.
Sautéed snow peas and eggplant in a white enameled dutch oven.
Wooden spoon stirring together the Green Thai coconut curry meal.
  1. Cook the chicken – heat a large pot (or skillet) over medium high heat. Add in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then carefully place the chicken into the pot. Cook the chicken for 5 minutes, flip to cook for an additional 5 minutes on the other side, then remove the chicken from the pot to a cutting board to rest.
  2. Prep and cook the veggies – while the chicken is cooking, dice your eggplant. Once the chicken has been removed, reduce the heat to medium, and add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the pot along with the eggplant. Saute the eggplant for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Add the snow peas and stir to combine. 
  3. Cube the chicken – cube the chicken into the 1” or bite-size pieces, then add them back to the pot. 
  4. Add the curry – pour in the green Thai curry sauce and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and cook for an additional 10 minutes, until heated through.
  5. Serve and enjoy! Garnish with a squeeze of lime juice and some basil leaves, serve over white rice, and enjoy!
Two bowls of green curry with chicken, eggplant, and snow peas in white bowls with rice. They are sitting on a white and black marble surface with two glasses of ice water and a couple of limes.
Q Is green curry healthy?
A

Yes, we think so! Green curries are generally made with coconut milk, lime juice, some type of chili or pepper, and a blend of spices that makes for a sauce that is loaded with healthy fats and antioxidants. Yai’s Thai Green Coconut Curry is made with squeaky clean ingredients and no artificial fluff, making it a really healthy pre-made option for green curry recipes.

Q Is this green curry spicy?
A

No! Since Yai’s Thai Green Coconut Curry is made with green peppers and the less spicy jalapeno pepper, it is actually really mild in spice level compared to green curries that are made with green chilies and hotter peppers.

Q Which is hotter Thai curry red or green?
A

The spice of a curry sauce largely depends on the type of peppers used in the sauce, and depending on who you ask, you may get a different answer. There is definitely a camp that will say green curries are the hottest, and another that will defend the spice that comes from red curries. There are also green curries made with basil and cilantro that have very little spice at all. The Yai’s Thai Green Coconut Curry used in this recipe is made with green bell pepper and is their mildest of all their curries, making it ideal for a family-friendly sauce.

Q Which Thai curry is the mildest?
A

Yellow Thai curries tend to be the most mild in spice. Massaman curries also are mild in heat and rich in spices, like cinnamon and cardamom.

Q What’s the green in green curry?
A

The green in this coconut curry comes from a combination of green peppers, jalapenos, and Thai basil leaves. The green can also come from additions like cilantro.

Q What rice goes with Thai green curry?
A

Thai green curry is traditionally served alongside long-grain rice, such as jasmine or basmati.

Q What protein goes with green curry?
A

Green curry goes great with a wide variety of proteins like chicken, beef, pork, seafood, and tofu! The flavors are bright and versatile, you really can’t go wrong!

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Green Thai Coconut Curry

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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
The easiest, most flavorful green Thai curry recipe that you can make with 3 simple ingredients and Yai's Thai Green Curry Sauce.

Ingredients  

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ⅓ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 small eggplant about 2 cups raw
  • 6 ounces snow peas
  • 1 jar Yai's Thai Green Coconut Curry
  • rice for serving (optional)
  • Thai basil or basil leaves for garnish (optional)
  • lime juice for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat a large pot (or skillet) over medium high heat. Add in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then carefully place the chicken into the pot. Cook the chicken for 5 minutes, flip to cook for an additional 5 minutes on the other side, then remove the chicken from the pot to a cutting board to rest.
  • While the chicken is cooking, dice your eggplant. Once the chicken has been removed, reduce the heat to medium, and add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the pot along with the eggplant. Saute the eggplant for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Add the snow peas and stir to combine.
  • Cube the chicken into the 1” or bite-size pieces, then add them back to the pot.
  • Pour in the green Thai curry sauce and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and cook for an additional 10 minutes, until heated through.
  • Garnish with a squeeze of lime juice and some basil leaves, serve over white rice, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Ingredient Variations and Modifications

The beauty of this recipe is its versatility. You can truly make it to fit your preference! It’s also the perfect meal to make when you’re trying to use up any produce that’s left in your fridge. The green Thai curry truly pairs well with just about everything. Here are some ideas:
  • Sub the protein – we opted for boneless, skinless chicken thighs for the tender nature of the meat and the flavor, but chicken breasts or tenders would also work well. If you want to use something other than chicken, beef sirloin cubes, shrimp, or a white fish (like cod, tilapia, or halibut) would also work well. Use tofu if you are looking for a vegetarian/vegan option.
  • Use a different veggie –  red bell pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, or mushrooms would make for great veggie subs.
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